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Former Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther lands on Vikings’ staff

Guenther reunites with Mike Zimmer in Minnesota

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Paul Guenther
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The move got praise as a “big hire” by Ian Rapoport.

Surely, you’re not impressed and, yes, you have reason to doubt it.

Guenther, who came to the Raiders with head coach Jon Gruden in 2018, was fired with three games remaining the 2020 season last December. The Raiders’ defense struggled under Guenther in 2018, ‘19 and in ‘20, despite the team adding top free-agency money and valuable draft picks to the unit the past two offseasons.

Having worked with Gruden’s younger brother, Jay, in Cincinnati, Guenther had a solid reputation as a defensive coordinator while with the Bengals.

Clearly, Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer didn’t hold his work with the Raiders against him. The two worked together in Cincinnati and Zimmer believes in Guenther.

The truth is, many Raiders fans were excited about the hiring of Guenther in 2018 just as many were about Ken Norton Jr. when he got the job in 2015. Neither worked out and both were whipping boys of the fan base.

Yes, Guenther was a failure with the Raiders, but here’s to him getting his career back on track with the Vikings.